Sunday, August 2, 2015, 9:30 AM
“When an alien resides with you in your land, do not molest him. You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; have the same love for him as for yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt. I, the Lord, am your God.” – Leviticus 19:33-34
Our Lady of Guadalupe is partnering with Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley to explore a volunteer trip to McAllen, TX to help at the Humanitarian Respite Center at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Center was set up last year to respond to the increasing number of Central Americans crossing the border to escape violence and crushing poverty. The journey is often long and arduous, especially for the many families and unaccompanied minors who make the trek. The Center welcomes these travelers after they have been “processed” and released at the Border Patrol. They help provide clothing, hygiene needs, medical care, food, rest, and a friendly face on the journey until their guests are able to head on their way to their families. The HRC accepts compassionate volunteers as young as elementary school students and is especially in need of medical professionals and Spanish-speakers. We will be meeting on Sunday, August 2nd at 9:30am in the Walmesley Center to gauge interest, discuss possibilities, and review basic trip information. We will also hear firsthand stories from several parishioners who have already volunteered at the Center. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
, Jennifer Ibach 206-935-0358 x.120 or
. To learn more, visit
or search for “Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley” on Facebook.
For more information on some of the causes of the recent surge in arrivals see this recent article in Maryknoll Magazine.